Jever Pilsener - Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
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Reviews by steveh:
3.98/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
So I finally splurged and bought an $11 six pack of this highly touted beer. I've had Jever in the past, but never thought it to be the king of all German Pilsners as some BAs do.
Euro green bottle with a best-by date of 04.2012 -- timing is everything.
A -- Somewhat hazy, straw to gold color with a dense white head that holds up well.
S -- Mild skunkiness from the green bottle (I pulled this six pack from the back of the bottom shelf) with spicy, herbal hops fighting their way through.
T -- Good bready maltiness up front, if a little thin, that blends into a good balance of spicy noble hops. There's a semi-harsh graininess that reminds me of the Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr beers, but it's not distracting. Finish and aftertaste are dry and hop bitter. Some of that breadiness resurfaces in the aftertaste.
M -- Mouthfeel is crisp with a light to light-medium body.
O -- Overall, this is a good Pils -- not a great one. EKU has a great one and Trumer's US brewed rendition is great to style. The Trumer may prove a divide between imported and domestic-brewed beers; showing that a Pasteurized import may just lose some of the smoother characters you'd get at the source. Nonetheless, the Jever also proves that light lagers don't have to be bland and characterless.
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2012 20:35:05 | More by steveh
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3.45/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Jever Pilsener has the smogginess of a downtown core in summertime rush-hour but maintains a light and bright lemony complexion all the same. The beer looks somewhat blanched, as if it were left in the sun to dry out (what foreshadowing!). Its head is so soapy you'd think someone washed their hands in your glass; some of the suds stick while others don't.
Some of the bottles in this six-pack were so heavily light-struck you would have needed a forensics team to prove what they contained was in fact beer. My glass smells as though it were sprayed by a skunk. Somewhere in the backdrop of this particular sample, however, are the familiar scents of grainy pilsner malt and grassy hops. It may not be a lost cause after all...
Not entirely, anyhow. The flavour, likewise, doesn't stand tall with the hefty grain bill and zestful hoppiness of a proud German pilsner, but there's enough biscuity malt and grassiness to give some indication of its Lower Saxon roots. If not for that particularly off-putting combination of 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol, I reckon this could be a refreshing, very serviceable pils.
When car companies discover a defect in their parts or models they consult an actuary to calculate whether it'd be more financially advisable to recall the product or just pay out whatever lawsuits may ensue. Corporate owned breweries often have a similar discussion with their marketing departments: 'How much will green bottles affect our beer' versus 'how much extra beer will we sell if we use them'?
All too often unfortunately, the conclusion is to go ahead with it even despite the well-known fact that green glass can have awful consequences for delicate, light-bodied lagers. Sadly enough there's a good percentage of the population who, having only tried industrial import, actually perceive this skunkiness as a sign of quality! It's not. And Jever should know better.
Serving type: bottle
03-20-2014 20:10:27 | More by biegaman
United Kingdom (England)
3.59/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
0.4 litre, on-tap in a lovely locals bar called 'Thomas Eck' in Charlottenburg, Berlin on 17th Jan 2014.
Very surprised I've never written about this Pilsner before: never mind, I've done it now.
Comes the usual pilsner way: light golden colour, clear and bright with a snowy white head that refuses to stay very long.
The nose is herbal and grassy with a trace of citrus.
In the mouth it is dry, crisp and refreshing, those herbal and grass notes in the smell also appear in the taste. There is an underlying malty base but the hops give the beer it's flavour.
Always been a better Pilsner than most, especially if you prefer a dry taste compared to some of the slightly sweeter ones.
Serving type: on-tap
02-10-2014 08:56:46 | More by BlackHaddock
Jever Pilsener from Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever GmbH & Co KG
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